*EXTREMELY IMPORTANT TO NOTE*
Although rabies in humans is rare in the USA, and only a small number of bats are infected with the rabies virus, the most common source of rabies in the USA is from bats. In some of these cases, there was a history of a bat bite, but in the majority there was either contact with a bat with no report of bite, or an unknown nature of exposure. This suggests that limited contact with bats may result in rabies transmission, even without a definite bite history. The most likely scenario is that a person was bitten but was either unaware (a person was sleeping and did not know they were bitten, or a small child or incapacitated adult was bitten and was unable to notify a capable adult) or knew they were bitten but they failed to report the bite and seek the necessary post-exposure medical treatment.